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This blog is to highlight the unjust persecution of legitimate non-TV users at the hands of TV Licensing. These people do not require a licence and are entitled to live without the unnecessary stress and inconvenience caused by TV Licensing's correspondence and employees.

If you use equipment to receive live broadcast TV programmes, or to watch or download on-demand programmes via the BBC iPlayer, then the law requires you to have a licence and we encourage you to buy one.

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Saturday, 22 September 2018

The Latest TV Licensing Phishing Expedition

We've been pretty vocal on Twitter about phishing emails purportedly from TV Licensing, but we've thus far neglected to mention it here on the TV Licensing Blog.

TV Licensing do not offer refunds out of the blue. Any email offering a TV licence refund is almost certainly a scam. It should be deleted and ignored, without clicking through on any of the links.

Anyone making the mistake of acting on a scam email could end up having their payment details compromised. There has been enough of that going on via the official TV Licensing website.

TV Licensing is in the business of taking money from people, even when none is due. TV Licensing rarely gives money back and certainly never will voluntarily. The TV Licensing refund and complaint systems are deliberately made time-consuming and difficult, in the hope that anyone using them grows weary and admits defeat.

Thick and incompetent as TV Licensing might be, even it can spell the phrase "TV licence" correctly. Phishing emails regularly contain the incorrect spelling "TV license".

To summarise: Any email offer of a TV licence refund is almost certainly a scam and should be ignored. If TV Licensing really wanted to get in touch it would send an actual physical letter.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

TV Licensing Website Data Breach: An Update

The Register is reporting today that the recent security flaws in TV Licensing's website have led to 25,000 customers inadvertently compromising their bank details.

TV Licensing issued the following statement: "We can now confirm that fewer than 25k customer sent over unencrypted bank details and that credit and debit cards numbers were always secure. We mailed 40k people who may have entered bank details and sort codes as a precaution but we've now been able to confirm that the actual number was much lower."

As we have previously mentioned, the total number of customers affected - those that used the website to update their personal details - probably runs into the hundreds of thousands.

The TV Licensing website, you might remember, is the responsibility of dysfunctional outsourcing giant Capita.

The BBC, you might remember, tends to turn a blind eye to Capita misdeeds and inefficiency. Not that you can trust anything the BBC says.

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Saturday, 15 September 2018

BBC Could Scrap the "Free" Over-75 TV Licence

From the financial year 2018/19 the BBC is responsible for funding a proportion of the "free" over-75 TV licence. Until this point the concessionary TV licence, which is available to every household with at least one over-75 occupant, has been fully funded by a Government grant.

From the financial year 2020/21 the BBC will be entirely responsible for shouldering the £725m annual cost of providing such licences.

The BBC doesn't like spending money (unless it's on champagne, hookers, bikini waxes, baseless legal defences or gagging clauses of course), so is actively considering ways of reducing the "financial burden" of the over-75 TV licence.

Tony Hall, the BBC Director General, was questioned about the future of the over-75 TV licence at a recent hearing of the House of Commons Digital, Media and Sport Select Committee.

"I can't give you a guarantee it will continue", Hall said.

"The concession, as formulated, comes to an end in June 2020. We have got to decide what will replace it."

Hall said that the BBC was considering whether or not the concession should be means tested or limited to those households where all occupants were over 75.

"We have got to be mindful of two things: we know the over-65s and over-75s consume many, many more BBC services than others. That's good - we are many people's companion. On the other hand, there is real hardship among some or many of those over 75," he said.

"This is such a difficult balance. What can people afford?"

According to TV Licensing (so take that with a pinch of salt) there were almost 4.5 million over-75 TV licences in force last year.

The Committee also questioned Hall about Chris Evans' decision to leave the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show after eight years at the helm and thirteen at the station.

According to Hall, the Government's (naughty) decision to make the BBC publish the salaries of its highest-paid "talent" was a factor in Evans' decision to quit. Last year Evans topped the list with earnings of £1.6m.

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